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Visvesvaraya Science Museum

Visvesvaraya museum or VITM for short, is a science museum, and is located in Bangalore city in the state of Karnataka, India. This is a four storied building and helps students hone their science skills through interactive science models.

This museum was established on 11th November 1962, and is a tribute to Sir.M. Vishvesvarya (1861 – 1962), who was an “Engineer Statesman”. The museum was handed to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the year of 1962. The council has a chain of 28 centers spread all over India.

Visvesvaraya Science Museum in Bangalore

The main objective of this museum is to popularize science, and make it easy to follow through various working exhibits. The museum has various floors which displays one scientific discipline in depth.    
There are various galleries like:
  • Engine hall,
  • Electro- Technic gallery,
  • Fun Science gallery  etc.
  • The “Engine hall”, gallery features various automobiles, machines used in industry, a jet aircraft engine and other mechanical devices.
The mechanical precision of machines is demonstrated by the rolling balls that travel within metal tracks. The principle of “conservation of energy”, is explained through this exhibit.
  • The “Electro – Technic”, gallery teaches and shows the basic principles of electricity, electronics and communication. This gallery showcases, the Barlow’s wheel, Faraday’s ring, the Tesla coil and the Van de Graaff Generator, just to name a few exhibits.
  • The “Fun Science”, gallery has exhibits of sound, optics, fluids, maths and perception. Here you can see the exhibits on the planetary  system, a working model of a helicopter, a whispering dish etc.
  • The “Space gallery”, showcases the history of “Space Exploration” and has exhibits of “Rocket Science”.
  • The “Bio- technology” hall, has exhibits featuring all about the basics of Bio- tech applications in daily life.
  • The “Dinosaur floor”, has a moving replica of a species of the “Spinosaurus”. 
  • The BEL hall of Electronics, has exhibits on all electronic items.
  • “Science for Children”, has exhibits that help children to learn science in a play way method. There is a giant piano where children may dance to play the music on the piano.
The highlight of this museum is the exact replica of the 1903 flyer of the Wright brothers. The other attractions in the museum are a 3D theater where films on “deep sea diving” and how the “brain works”, are shown to the public. The museum also has a show called “Taramandal”, which is set inside a planetarium at regular intervals.

If you visit Bangalore any time, then this is a great museum to visit, but you must earmark at least 3 hours to see and appreciate this museum. It is good for all the students to visit this museum, because it is a treasure trove of knowledge.

Future plans of the Museum

The museum is planning to have a “nano lab gallery”, where students can learn the basics of nano-science, which is useful in the field of medicine. But the plans are in a nascent stage and has not got the Government’s approval as yet.

Address: 10 am to 6 pm daily. ( Closed on Deepawali and Ganesh Chathurthi festivals ).  
Address – No 52, Kasturba Road, Bangalore.
Landmark – Near Mc Donald’s.
Phone no – 91 – 80 - 22866200

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